If you wake up with tightness and soreness along the sides of your face or find yourself clenching your jaw when you’re stressed, you might suffer from bruxism. Bruxism is a common condition in which you unconsciously grind and press your teeth together. Not only can it lead to issues like tooth damage and wear, but it can also change the shape of your face. Keep reading for more.
Does Bruxism Make Your Jaw Square?
Bruxism can make your jaw square because it slowly enlarges your masseter muscle. This muscle, located near your outer cheek and jawline, becomes visibly bulky when overworked.
Much like you can build muscle mass in your arms and legs with repetitive exercise, the masseter can also grow. However, since bruxism is unintentional, it can be hard to stop. Over time, the muscle gets larger and more prominent, creating a square, undefined jawline.
Masseter Muscle BOTOX for Jawline Slimming
Injections to relax your masseter muscle are a great way to treat a square jaw. BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport are both options to prevent the muscle from overworking and help it shrink back down to its normal size. The result is a slimmer and more contoured lower face.
Patients who get masseter muscle BOTOX® or Dysport tend to look like they have lost weight. That is because their lower face is not as full and prominent as it once was. As an added benefit, they may experience a reduction in pain and other symptoms related to teeth grinding.
Masseter botox can also help treat asymmetry in the lower face. It works well to even out one side of the masseter that has gotten bulkier than the other. And by slimming down the lower face, this treatment often helps the cheekbones look stronger and more sculpted.
Book a Jaw BOTOX Consultation in Miami
You could be a few injections away from a slimmer face. Call 786-618-5039 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Shaun Patel. Miami Skin and Vein welcomes patients from Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and nearby areas of Florida.